Weekly Photo Challenge : Home

(I wrote this diary before the earthquake.
I sometimes post the topic which has nothing to do with the earthquake.)

Most arrangements of accomodations both in houses and apartment are fixed pattern, which are 3LDK and 2LDK.

L means living room.
D means dining room.
K means kitchen.

So 3LDK has three rooms and one living dining room. ( living room + dining room )

Fifty years ago everyone’s dream was having these types of accomodations.
These arrangements emphasize on privacy.
They may be good for privacy of each family member.
But they are not without problems.
For example, private bedrooms are not always accessable by parents.
Parents can’t know what their children are doing in their rooms.
Children may be watching TV, playing games for long hours or doing tricky things.

I wanted to have an arrangement that emphasize on the relationship among family members.
So I tried not to put in partition walls except for toilet and bathroom in our house.
As such we can now communicate among ourselves by just signing to each other and without speaking.
I was worring that there was no privacy in our house.
But so far I like the large space.

My daughter made for herself a small room with cardboard in the house .
She is pleased with her handmade room in caedboard.
When my daughters grow up, I will make her a real partition walls in the second floor.

Now we are able to gather together thanks to the large LDK during these difficult times. 🙂

Eight million Gods (kami)

My wife and daughter in a shrine

Shrines and temples are like a park and a walkway respectively.
Some may say that these places are solemn places.
But most Japanese don’t think about their religion seriously.

According to a book

The number of Shinto gods was extremely large and this can be seen from
its existence in the Japanese mythology of the phrase yaoyorozu no kami, meaning “eight million Gods(kami)”.

I heard that Japanese accepted various other gods. ☆1
I realized that there were about ten shirines and temples within three kilometers from my house.
I construe them as an oxygen that is important but isn’t noticed every day.

For example I bought charms on new year’s day but I usually forgot bringing with them.
But when some bad things occur to us or we want to ask for favors, we may remember them.

My daughters often go there to gather fallen leaves, acorns and insects.
(I often notice them in laundry machine 😥 )
I think they don’t distinguish these places from parks.

In addition meeting places of neighborhood association are suited in the same area of the shrine.We get together there and talk about the latest events in town.

After all these places are completely integrated with the town naturally

( This photo is also my second weekly photo challenge. shadow 😎 )

☆1 According to research, 75 percent of Japanese said ” I have no religion.”
But I think this rate is too high.Many people visit there.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Abundance

I can see the onions hanging under the overhang of a Japanese roof for storage in rural area.
Last year I imitated the custom of the harvested of the onions.
Most color of onions are brown but these onions are purple.
I couldn’t tell the taste of purple ones from the taste of brown ones.
I cooked curry, meat and potato stew and hamburger from these onions.